A school board member should honor the high responsibility which his/her membership demands:

  • By thinking always in terms of students first;
  • By understanding that the basic function of the board is policy-making and not administrative, and by accepting the responsibility of learning to discriminate intelligently between these two functions;
  • By accepting the responsibility, along with his/her fellow board members, of seeing that the maximum of facilities and resources are provided for the proper functioning of schools;
  • By representing at all times the entire school community;
  • By accepting the responsibility of becoming well-informed concerning the duties of board members and the proper functions of public schools; and
  • By recognizing the responsibility as a state official to seek the improvement of education throughout the state.

A board member should respect his/her relationship with other members of the board:

  • By recognizing that authority rests only with the board in official meetings and that the individual member has no legal status to bind the board outside of such meetings;
  • By recognizing the integrity of his/her predecessors and associates and the merit of their work;
  • By refusing to make statements or promises as to how he/she will vote on any matter which should properly come before the board as a whole;
  • By making decisions only after all facts bearing on a question have been presented and discussed;
  • By respecting the opinion of others and supporting the principle of “majority rule”;
  • By refusing to participate in irregular meetings which are not official and which all members do not have the opportunity to attend.

A school board member should meet his/her responsibilities to the community:

  • By attempting to appraise fairly both the present and future educational needs of the community;
  • By regarding it as an immediate responsibility of the board to interpret the aim and the methods of the school to the community;
  • By insisting that all school business transactions be on an open, ethical and above-board basis;
  • By vigorously seeking adequate financial support for the district;
  • By refusing to discuss personal matters or any other confidential business of the board in his/her home, on the street or in the office; and
  • By winning the community’s confidence that all is being done in the best interest of the students.

(P 1210)